Christmas is a special time of the year. For Christians it is a time to celebrate their faith and remember their God. And for millions of “Submarine Christians”, men and women who feel drawn to God but prefer to wear their religion more loosely, it is once again time to resurface and join in the celebrations. Yet even those who do not aspire to be any kind of Christian and who perhaps believe in other forces, powers or values beyond those of the Church often find themselves caught up in the Christmas Spirit and festive cheer.
In fact there are some people who look forward to Christmas all year round. And for others it would appear to come as a complete surprise.
Whereas your average Christmas shopper is inclined to shop around sensibly whilst set on getting the most for his or her money when buying Christmas gifts for their friends, family and loved ones, last-minute shoppers can be best be compared to a legion of haunted souls pursuing a lost cause. For them Christmas is not a joyous occasion, filled with warmth, tradition and goodwill. It is a nightmare which culminates with shopping staff asking them to proceed to the checkouts and the shops closing on Christmas Eve although they have still got far from all their presents.
Ahhh, you say to yourselves. So this is where we extol the virtues of our high-quality products and skillfully manoeuvre you, the reader, to our fine selection of powerful but affordable oil and electric heaters, sophisticated, state-of-the-art, easy-to-use dehumidifiers and a prime portfolio bulging with machines and measuring equipment designed both for professional and home use – but far from it. Because Christmas is not just about buying it is also about giving. And although some of the models in our renowned TTK S-series, for example, would undoubtedly make someone happy and achieve a great deal more than just putting a smile on someone’s face, we really should spare a thought for the true values of Christmas and stop to take stock and look back so as to be able to look forward.
Christmas can bring out the best in people. It reminds them that there are others who are more needy, who perhaps call for their care and attention. It can be a neighbour, a relative, a member of your extended family or your community who feels especially lonely or forlorn. By remembering them this Christmas you too can show true Christmas Spirit. Because there is more to Christmas than swamping the shops, hitting the high street and splashing out on the internet for that all too elusive ideal gift. Of course we all like getting presents. And buying and giving them can be fun too. But this isn’t really what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about sharing and helping and being together with the people you care about.
Oh, and don’t forget to share your Christmas dinner with the birds! Heavy snowfalls have made it even more difficult for birds to forage for food. Your kitchen scraps and Christmas meal leftovers can provide them with what they need to survive the cold winter days. Just make sure it’s not salty and not more than a day’s worth of food, otherwise you might end up attracting some ravenous little rodents and other visitors who you won’t want to see in your garden.
So whoever you are, wherever you are – we at the Trotec Group wish you all Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad and a Very Merry Christmas. May your Christmas be a good one.
Merry Christmas Everybody!